In My French Connection, I describe my involvement with a group of fellow researchers who were interested in the French who settled in Ohio and who helped me greatly in researching the Gaume family...

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Introduction
The Gaume family along with a number of other families came from the regions of northeastern France and the Swiss Confederation and settled in northeastern Ohio in the 1830's. This was back in the log cabin days of early America and it is hard to imagine what life was like for these early settlers in a region that is now become built up as one the great manufacturing centers of the US...
The Family of Francis Gaume
The name Jeanin is very common in Franche-Comte, in Burgundy, and Bern, Switzerland. The name Gaume is rare and may be German, Austrian, or Swiss in origin. It is likely that the Jeanin-Gaume family originated in Switzerland. In 1772, the town of Montecheroux was in the Principality of Montebiliard, a possession of the Duchy of Wurtemburg. In 1793, French revolutionary forces invaded and "liberated" Montebiliard. In 1801, Napoleon officially annexed Montebiliard to France through the Treaty of Lunville...
From France to Ohio
It appears that most of the Gaume families who came to Ohio and settled in Stark County left France in the early 1830's. A big factor in drawing these people away from Europe and into Ohio was the building of the canals that opened up access from the east to the Ohio valley. Land was cheap then and the idea that a poor peasant from France could actually own his farm had an immense appeal to it...
The Favier Family
A number of years after starting research into the family of Elise Favier, I was contacted by a man in France whose wife, it turns out, is a distant cousin of mine. Mr. Schuft was able to provide me with with information regarding the ancestors of Joseph Favier and Jeanne Angelique Voisard. With this information and other information published on Geneanet I was able to piece together a family history for Elise Favier going back ten generations to one Nicolas Cuvier who lived in the Jura Alps region along the Franco-Swiss border in the early 16th century...
Gaumes Go West
According to Frank's obituary printed in the Louisville (Ohio) Herald in 1917, he left Ohio for Kansas around 1883. It is believed that his daughter Della went with him at this time. The obituary of Della (Gaume) DeBacker states that her parents where innkeepers in St Marys, Kansas...
France & Switzerland
    Events in France

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